Employees Honored at
Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference

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With a focus on recruitment, networking, professional development and recognition, the 27th Annual Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Global Competitiveness Conference took place February 7-9, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Attendees included STEM professionals, students, military, government employees and deans from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

Lockheed Martin partnered with the host, the Career Communications Group, to recognize some of the nation’s best and brightest engineers, scientists and technology experts. Fifty-three Lockheed Martin employees were honored at special events during the conference.

Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer and President Marillyn Hewson delivered welcoming remarks at the Awards Gala event.

“We’re particularly proud of our long history of supporting this conference because we understand the critical importance of introducing young people to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Hewson. “Through our partnership with BEYA, we’re able to broaden our reach and build a stronger pipeline of talent to help maintain our nation’s technology leadership.”

BEYA recognizes STEM professionals and leaders who are committed to increasing the percentage of people from historically underrepresented communities in the technology workforce. The conference has evolved into one of the premier STEM outreach events that showcases talent, as well as provides students with opportunities to network and engage.

Shan Cooper, vice president, Aeronautics and general manager of the Marietta, Ga. facility, received the Pioneer Award honoring her broad social and economic impact in the field of engineering as well as her commitment to serving as a mentor for minorities in technology.

Patricia Lewis, Human Resources vice president, Information Systems & Global Solutions, received a Diversity Leadership Award (formerly Affirmative Action Award) acknowledging her efforts to promote advancement in education, job promotion, small-business development and community activities.

Anthony Wingate, manager of subsystems and components for Quality Engineering at Sandia National Laboratories, received the Diversity Leadership Award recognizing his commitment to enhancing the opportunities for minorities in technology careers.

Several employees were honored with special recognition awards at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Deans’ Breakfast and the Emerald Honors Awards dinner. In addition, Lockheed Martin employees were the recipients of Science Spectrum Trailblazer Awards and Modern Day Technology Leaders Awards. 

“One of the best parts of leading Lockheed Martin is the opportunity to work with men and women like those we honor tonight,” said Hewson. “They are such an inspiration to all of us. Our honorees have extraordinary records of professional achievement, dedication to their communities and contributions to STEM education.”

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Shan Cooper, Vice President, Aeronautics, with  Larry Lawson Executive Vice President, Aeronautics, after receiving the Pioneer Award honoring her broad social and economic impact in the field of engineering as well as her commitment to serving as a mentor for minorities in technology.